Law & Order

Season 18 Episode 11

Betrayal

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Mar 05, 2008 on NBC
9.1
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Episode Summary

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The murder of a psychiatrist focuses the suspect list to his clients and wife, and the defense of the murderer will challenge the D.A.'s office to somehow show the jury that a bad childhood is not a justification for crime.

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  • Shame on you Dr. Olivet.

    9.5
    When a show is on as long as this one, it can become stale at times. With this episode, that is not the case. Quite often we see in real life (and many times on court related shows) that when you open your mouth you may say too much. This is what happens to Dr. Olivet. (SPOILER coming...) It's revealed that she slept with Detective Logan while she was counseling him. While it is revealing it is more important to my point about opening your mouth.



    Again, I really like how Jack McCoy has been given a larger role than past DAs. He seems to be more an idealist than ever before. Justice is what counts, damn the torpedos.



    I like how they have put Rubirosa and Cutter on opposite sides of the spectrum. Rubirosa is more the straight and narrow, while Cutter is more than willing to do things outside of the box. This is evidenced when Cutter tells Lupo "Stick with your law books, detective. On the page, the law is a much purer thing."



    Of course I haven't said a word about the case and this was enjoyable (and could have just as easily been used on SVU) about a psychiatrist who might be sleeping with an underage girl. It's only near the very end when we suspect the true affection of his love...and then it's of course revealed. Not only will a prison term be had, but a lifetime of guilt. This was one of my favorites of this season.moreless
  • Dr Olivet can of worms!

    8.4
    Well we see the old shrink Dr Liz Olivet open the can of worms as she just wasn't the victim of a rape as evident back in season two but we also see her admitting that she had an affair with Det Mike Logan when his old partner from the first season was killed. As he needed someone to comfort. We all thought that she was straight and narrow and finds out that she really isn't as she does have her own faults. And that Logan seemingly needed someone to lean on. The high grades are for the character development. Jack is indeed a great main DA as he looks after his DA's with ease and wants them to win like he still wants to win!moreless
  • Just cause he wasn't raping other girls doesn't make his first one ok.... ***************WARNING: SPOILER**************

    3.9
    I was incredibly angered by the "twist" at the end where it was revealed that the murder victim/the psychologist wasn't raping another 15 year old patient. That seemed to make it ok that he did it the first time? The fact that he was unhealthily obsessed and controlling of his first victim was "love"?



    I bet the jury would have let her off. She had a REASONABLE suspicion that he was raping a child. She was acting in what she thought was a motive to save another child her own trauma.

    That's "acting in defense of others" which I think is a reasonable defense for murder.



    Not to mention the lifetime of abuse and control she suffered would tempt most people to let her go.



    I really disliked the entire DA staff this episode. Guilt tripping and eternally messing up some little girl by threatening her brother? Attacking Olivet for standing up to a bad tactic? Tricking the mother by pretending sympathy?



    You're not there to win - you're there for JUSTICE - and JUSTICE was not served by your immoral actions!moreless
Sam Waterston

Sam Waterston

DA Jack McCoy

Jeremy Sisto

Jeremy Sisto

Det. Cyrus Lupo

Jesse L. Martin

Jesse L. Martin

Det. Ed Green

S. Epatha Merkerson

S. Epatha Merkerson

Lt. Anita Van Buren

Linus Roache

Linus Roache

Exec. ADA Michael Cutter

Alana De La Garza

Alana De La Garza

ADA. Connie Rubirosa

Moira Kelly

Moira Kelly

Catherine Donovan Waxman

Guest Star

John Shea

John Shea

Dr. Isaac Waxman

Guest Star

Eric Nelsen

Eric Nelsen

Brandon Doherty

Guest Star

Carolyn McCormick

Carolyn McCormick

Dr. Elizabeth Olivet

Recurring Role

Joe Forbrich

Joe Forbrich

Detective Cormack

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Cyrus Lupo has a very noticeable scar on his leg, the result of a bicycle accident when he was nine.

    • This episode gives the impression that Olivet had an affair with Detective Mike Logan. She is forced to admit the affair and she mentions that he was a police detective who had lost a partner.

    • Michael Cutter mentions that Dr. Elizabeth Olivet is a rape victim. She was raped by a gynecologist during the episode "Helpless".

  • QUOTES (9)

    • (Discussing Dr. Lydia Stronach)
      Dr. Elizabeth Olivet: She's an academic. She studies studies. I counsel victims.

    • (Repeated line.)
      Catherine Waxman: I am a rock in a sea of chaos. I will not be bullied or broken.

    • Dr. Elizabeth Olivet: [Isaac] Waxman's a rule breaker, and that's very seductive to adolescents.

    • Jack McCoy: (to Dr. Olivet) You understand you're working for the other side now. That means the gloves have to come off.

    • Cyrus Lupo: You knew about his affair.
      Catherine Waxman: Affair? Isaac has a sickness, and when an animal is sick, you put it down.

    • (Holding the tag of a piece of evidence on his credenza.)
      Michael Cutter: People v. Fisher. Mr. Fisher crushed his fiancée's skull with it. Five people saw him do it, he was covered with blood and brain matter … the jury acquitted. It wasn't my first case, or my tenth, happened four years ago. (pauses) No such thing as a slam dunk.

    • Michael Cutter (to McCoy): I'm going to do something about her alibi witness. You don't want to know.

    • Michael Cutter: Catherine Waxman's using you to support a bogus defense.
      Dr. Elizabeth Olivet: And you're using bogus science to prosecute her.

    • Michael Cutter (to Cyrus Lupo): Stick with your law books, detective. On the page, the law is a much purer thing.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Cutter brings up the fact that Dr. Olivet had an affair with a patient, a policeman who had lost his partner. This alludes to Mike Logan from the episode "Confession", when his partner Max Greevey is killed and Logan is shown in therapy with Dr. Olivet.

    • Jack McCoy: Last year, a pastor's wife in Tennessee got 60 days for shooting her husband.
      McCoy is referring to the Mary Winkler case. Mrs. Winkler said that she killed her husband, Matthew, because he was physically abusive. She was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter, but she was credited for time served while awaiting trial and she was only sentenced to two months in a mental health facility.

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Susan Polk case.

    • Amanda: Isaac said he was, like, fixated on Virginia Tech.

      On April 16, 2007, a severely disturbed student at Virginia Tech went on a shooting spree. He killed 32 people and wounded many others, then committed suicide as the police closed in on him. It was the deadliest school shooting in American history.

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